Jamie Carragher reckons Liverpool have 80 per cent chance of beating Real Madrid
Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool have an 80 per cent chance of beating Real Madrid and winning the Champions League.
The two sides meet in Paris on May 28 in a rematch of the 2018 final that Real won 3-1. But Carragher believes his old side will get sweet revenge on Los Blancos this time around and says the Reds will now be targeting the Champions League over the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp's side are still in with a chance of winning the Premier League for a second time but need to win their last two games and hope Manchester City slip up against Aston Villa on the final day.
That unlikely scenario, coupled with recent injuries to Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk, is reason enough for Carragher to believe Liverpool should now concentrate on a seventh European crown.
"I don’t think Klopp will pick anyone where there’s a risk of injury," Carragher told Sky Sports as he looked ahead to the conclusion of the Premier League season. "I know Man City dropped points and it opens the door slightly but I’d back that, I’d be surprised to see Salah, Van Dijk playing.
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"We talk about the league, Champions League and what’s more important – Liverpool have got more chance of winning the Champions League. I think if Liverpool play their best team in the Champions League it’s 80 per cent chance of winning that.
"You’ve got to remember for the Champions League semi-final both teams made massive changes to their team, Liverpool at Newcastle, City at Leeds because they knew how important it was so it certainly won’t be full strength."
Salah has revealed he will be fit for the Champions League final after going off injured against Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday. Asked after the game whether he would be fit for the Paris showpiece, he said: "Of course, of course! It’s all good!"
Van Dijk was replaced by Joel Matip at the start of extra time and said he felt a twinge during the first half. "Hopefully well, we’re going to check it out," he said.
"I felt in the 1st half when I sprinted, I felt a twinge behind my knee, I played on. In the end, I can’t risk it for the team and I need to trust Joel. Hopefully it will be fine."
Liverpool will be hoping both players are available for the final game of the Premier League season at home to Wolves on Sunday, followed by Champions League final on May 28.
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